Interviewee: "Mrs. J" Interviewer: Nakita Pasour Date: November 12, 2010
This interviewee, who chose to contribute to the project confidentially, was born in 1935 at a coal-mining camp in Kentucky. Her family moved around Kentucky and Tennessee when she was a child. They spent time in Oak Ridge, TN, and she remembers the secrecy surrounding the city because of the atomic research project being conducted there at the time. She trained as a nurse at East Tennessee Baptist Hospital, graduating in 1956. She worked in the hospital after graduating, and while her children were young, she taught maternity classes and worked at blood drives; later, she worked in the GYN department of a hospital in Johnson City, TN.
In the interview, she describes her family and childhood. She talks about her decision to become a nurse and the reactions of her family and friends. She explains her education and describes her fellow students, social life, uniforms, tuition, instructors, and course of study. She discusses challenges in her nursing education and the gender dynamics she observed among nurses and patients during the course of her career. She also talks about changes in nursesâ training over time.